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About AHCJ: General News

Welcome to our new site! Date: 05/25/07

We hope this new Web site will become your new home on the Internet. You'll find more in-depth resources to help you cover your beat, including articles written exclusively for the AHCJ site, tip sheets from fellow journalists, links to in-depth health coverage, an e-newsletter and much more.

A quick guide to some new features

AHCJ members: Your username and password is the same as what you used for the old Web site. If you don't remember your username or password, please send an e-mail to info@healthjournalism.org or call 573-884-5606. On your first visit to the site, please log in using the fields at the top left of the screen. That will give you access to your member profile, which is used to maintain our membership database and will be used to generate a member directory on the Web site. Listings in the directory, which only members will have access to, will be voluntary but we hope you'll participate.

To start exploring the site, we suggest that you use the drop-down menu on the right side of the screen, in the gray bar, to choose a topic. That will pull up a range of resources we have on specific topics - including tip sheets, articles, Web links, reports and studies, past contest entries and more.

You'll find our job listings under Career Development, AHCJ workshops and conferences under Training, a daybook of news events and meetings by clicking on Calendar and then choosing "News Events."

We will be sending out a weekly e-newsletter to let you know what's new on the site, the latest AHCJ news and what events are coming up. The first couple of issues will be sent to all AHCJ members, but you can opt out of receiving it at any time.

The site is a work in progress and we ask for your patience and your input as we work out any kinks. If you have questions, suggestions or see a problem, please send a note to pia@healthjournalism.org. We welcome your feedback.

Plans for the AHCJ Web site include adding RSS feeds, more multimedia presentations and a blog. The blog is not fully defined yet but we're interested in hearing what our members would like to see. Some ideas:

  • Posting the latest news from our members - job changes, awards, big projects, etc.
  • News from the journals
  • Trends in health care journalism
  • Specific health topics

What do you think of these ideas? Let us know what would be valuable to you. E-mail your suggestions to pia@healthjournalism.org.